A Buddhist Prayer of Forgiveness
If I have harmed anyone in any way, either knowingly or unknowingly through my own confusion, I ask for their forgiveness. If anyone has harmed me in any way, either knowingly or unknowingly, through their own confusions, I forgive them. And if there is a situation I am not yet ready to forgive, I forgive myself for that. For all the ways I harm myself, negate, doubt, belittle myself, judge or be unkind to myself, through my own confusions, I forgive myself.
As I shared yesterday, throughout my life, God has offered me many opportunities to successfully learn my life lessons. Patience is and always has been at the top of that list followed closely by forgiveness. There are several things I’ve carried around with me over the years that continue to challenge my ability to forgive. Working through all that old stuff is one of the reasons I started sharing my stories. I am learning that unpacking some of these things from that crusty old bag is not only difficult but pretty scary. I’ve been asking myself since I began this journey if I was really ready to unpack this bag, shake it all up and out, look it all over, and share.
Several of these stories happened in the Fall and around Halloween. I think next week will be the perfect time to start the unpacking.
“Listen. Slide the weight from your shoulders and move forward. You are afraid you might forget, but you never will. You will forgive and remember.”
― Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible
I wish you all love and peace.